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I fully support this idea from CCBRT. Creating a model healthcare facility (the lives and breathes LEAN management thinking) will transform the quality of service to CCBRTs clients. Not only this but CCBRT will also serve as a proof of concept to other healthcare organizations in Tanzania and the entire continent of Africa that become a world-class continuous improvement organization is possible despite the challenges of lack of resources.

Perhaps the number one reason why healthcare organizations in the developing world fail to transform their culture is an underlining false belief that it is not possible. That these management practices are only applicable in Western Countries and could not be applied in the African context. I believe that CCBRT is showing the world that this is not true. With the right support, the right leadership and the right mindset this really can work in any organization. This is about doing more with less, it is about unleashing the potential of your people, and it is a perfect solution to the healthcare crisis in Africa.

The LEAN Management Philosophy has been around for a long time. It is known as the world’s most powerful approach to continuous improvement. We have evidence from 100’s of different industries from 100,000’s different companies of how LEAN has been the one thing that has helped them achieve breakthrough results and transform how the serve their client. Let us make CCBRT that data point that this way of thinking also can also work to fix healthcare in Africa.

Think about it. Imagine if CCBRT becomes the model healthcare organization for Africa. Proving that even in under-resourced environments you can still get the best of out of your people’s gifts. I envision CCBRT every year welcoming healthcare leaders from across the continent, showing them and teaching them on how they too can replicate this success in their organizations. This is what Thedacare (one of the first LEAN Healthcare organizations in America) is doing in North America ... I have no doubt this is what CCBRT can do for not only Africa but the entire Developing World.